Your trip to Tokyo won't be complete without visiting these 6 Tokyo Temples and Shrines. Find out why locals love to visit them and why you should too.
These sacred places aren't difficult to find, you'll see them in the middle of the city and close to the shopping mall. Make a few trips there to understand the spiritual side of the Japanese!
Did you know that even younger Japanese people frequent these places on special occasions? Dive deeper into the Japanese culture by understanding their spiritual side! These revered landmarks also make for great Instagram photos, so whatever your intentions are, there’s no reason to skip on this one.
Zojoji Temple (増上寺)
This place shot to fame after it was spotted in The Wolverine in 2013. Located very near Tokyo Tower, a shot of the temple against the backdrop of the tower makes an amazing shot. The commercial fame aside, this temple is where most members of Tokugawa clan (the shogunate of Edo period) are laid to rest. One thousand Jizou statues (guardian deity of children) sit in its grounds and that’s something not to miss.
Address: 4-7-35 Shibakoen Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011 Japan
Opening Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 3432 1431
Website: Zojoji Temple
Kanda Myojin (神田明神)
Believe it or not, you can visit this shrine to ward off misfortune if you have bad luck with your electronic devices. The tech crowd loves to come here to purchase charms to keep their gizmos ‘healthy’. Many come here to also pray for wealth and success in business because enshrined here are two of the Seven Gods of Fortune. This iconic place has played an important role in Tokyo Shinto worship since the Edo Period, and continues to draw locals till today.
Address: 2 Chome-16-２ Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
Tel: +81 3 3254 0753
Website: Kanda Myojinp
Meiji Jingu Shrine (明治神宮)
Couples love to come here for a traditional Japanese-style wedding, especially because of its romantic history. It is also surrounded by over 100,000 trees, despite being a short walk away from fashion neighbourhoods like Omotesando and Harajuku. This shrine is dedicated to the souls of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken. There is a museum within that houses memorabilia of the couple and an Inner Garden that is filled with over 150 species of irises when in full bloom in late June. How about a romantic afternoon here with your bae?
Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-8557, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 3379 5511
Website: Meiji Jingu Shrine
Sensoji is Tokyo’s oldest and grandest with its big, bold Kaminarimon and Hozomon gates, imposing temple buildings and five-storey pagoda. It has a 250-metre long entrance that is lined up with hundreds of stalls selling snacks and trinkets to visitors. In the temple grounds, you will meet majestic deities such as the god of thunder and lightning, the god of wind and the goddess of mercy. To the right of the temple is the Asakusa Shrine, which has braved many wars and is home to the Sanja Matsuri, Tokyo’s biggest and loudest festival.
Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032, Japan
Opening Hours: 6:00am to 5:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 3842 0181
Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社)
This is one holy place that is fraught with controversies. Supposedly a place to honour those who lost their lives fighting for Japan, neighbouring Asian countries ripped that reputation apart by claiming that those enshrined on temple grounds are Class-A war criminals. Justin Bieber was forced to apologise to Chinese fans after posting a picture of himself visiting this controversial memorial. Despite its controversial reputation, this shrine is still important to many religious events and festivals throughout the year.
Address: 3 Chome-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 102-8246, Japan
Tel: +81 3 3261 8326
Website: Yasukuni Shrine
Gotokuji Temple (豪徳寺)
You’ve seen the fortune cat in stores, but have you seen hundreds of them together? The manekineko (the beckoning cat) stands in full force of its lucky charm here, so come and busk in mirth while snapping pictures of the cute kitties. Worshippers buy the manekinekos here and when their wishes come true, they come back and dedicate cat statues, which explains why there are so many of them there.
Address: ２丁目-24-7 Gotokuji, Setagaya, Tokyo 154-0021, Japan
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 6:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 3426 1437
Website: Gotokuji Temple